The US Men’s National Team managed to escape the daunting Estadio Azteca with a 0-0 draw against Mexico on Thursday night, keeping the American side in second place on the Concacaf table.
Both sides missed golden opportunities in front of goal. Christian Pulisic forced goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa into several monumental saves, denying the Chelsea forward with his fingertips. At the other end, Napoli’s Chucky Lozano was unlucky not to find the back of the net after leading Mexico to 11 shots and two on goal.
The two countries are tied at 22 points each after 12 matches, before entering the last two games of the international window. The USMNT hosts Panama on Sunday at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Florida, before traveling to Costa Rica to close the March qualifiers.
Mexico is set to travel to Honduras before hosting El Salvador at the Estadio Azteca.
Zack Steffen (GK) – 8.5/10 – Made the necessary saves.
DeAndre Yedlin (RB) – 5/10 – Recklessly earned a yellow card to miss the USMNT vs. Panama match.
Walker Zimmerman (CB) – 8/10 – Strong at the back, defended well.
Miles Robinson (CB) – 6/10 – Risky fouls that led to a yellow.
Antonee Robinson (LB) – 8/10 – Had a stellar chance in the first half, otherwise fine.
Yunus Musah (CM) – 7/10 – Generated chances in the first half, lost steam as game progressed.
Tyler Adams (CM) – 7/10 – Provided stability, and didn’t earn a fatal yellow.
Kellyn Acosta (CM) – 3/10 – He played?
Timothy Weah (RW) – 6/10 – Hindered more than helped, silly fouls mean he’ll miss the match against Panama due to yellow card accumulation.
Ricardo Pepi (F) – 5/10 – Couldn’t find the ball, completely overpowered by Montes.
Christian Pulisic (LW) – 7.5/10 – Missed two golden opportunities, but otherwise could’ve pressed more.
Gio Reyna – 8/10 – Great energy, breathed life into a tired attack.
Jordan Pefok – 4/10 – missed a golden opportunity, otherwise could’ve been quicker.
Jordan Morris – 7/10 – Entered to maintain the draw.
Erik Palmer-Brown – 7/10 – Entered to maintain the draw.
Aaron Long – 7/10 – Entered to maintain the draw.
Memo Ochoa (GK) – 10/10 – Unstoppable. MOTM.
Jorge Sánchez (RB) – 7.5/10 – Delivered defensively.
César Montes (CB) – 8/10 – Completely overwhelmed Ricardo Pepi.
Johan Vásquez (CB) – 7.5/10 – Finally given the chance to start and covered well, provided stability.
Gerardo Arteaga (LB) – 6/10 – Couldn’t live up to the expectations, should’ve been quicker to defend.
Héctor Herrera (CM) – 6.5/10 – Should’ve been more creative on the attack, managed only a few balls in.
Edson Álvarez (CM) – 8.5/10 – Great on the ball, but a defensive mistake led to silly fouls and frustrations.
Carlos Alberto Rodríguez (CM) – 6/10 – Got lost in the midfield.
Tecatito Corona (RW) – 7/10 – Missed the clearest chance in the first half before slowly disappearing.
Raul Jimenez (CF) – 6/10 – Tried to be everywhere, ended up being not being where needed and expected.
Hirving Lozano (LW) – 9/10 – So unlucky not to get a goal, great force on the attack.
Alexis Vega – 7/10 – Few minutes, but at least tried.
Erick Gutiérrez – 7/10 – Didn’t help, didn’t hinder.